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“A stunning setting and great food”
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Ranked #397 of 4,304 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Kais is located in the Santos area by the river Tejo. The area is an old neglected industrial area within walking distance of central Lisbon which investors in recent years have started to develop. The Santos area is an interesting mixture of neglected and demolition ready buildings, renovated houses with fancy restaurants, shops and night clubs.

The restaurant itself is set in an old renovated tramshed (a large one), with a big water feature, 15 m high ceilings, olive trees, living candles and much more. The dining chairs are however, not the most comfortable, but the atmosphere of the place is absolutely stunning.

We ordered a three course meal; goat cheese starter, veal and chocolate fondant with white and red wines. The food was not to fault in any way, everything was cooked to perfection, tasted good and was well presented. The wines, as in any good Portuguese restaurant, were marvelous.

The service was initially slow and arrogant, but after we had placed our order it was excellent, which was some sort of a strange experience. This however resulted in my rating of the service to "average". If you want to have a special and different restaurant experience, then this place is absolutely recommended.

A safety notice: As the surrounding area is somewhat deserted in the evening it is not recommended that you walk around alone in non well lid areas.

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1  Thank Stephan H
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Very difficult to find this place, we had a cab from our hotel so not so bad,
The entrance is a real wow factor shame they turned the fountains off before we left, as we were looking forward to some photo opportunities
The food was good the staff a little too attentive topping you up almost every 5 minutes
But all in all a nice experience

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Thank Chris E
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

When you first walk in you are greeted by a water fall and small pool of water! It is stunning! The restaurant is really big inside. It was a beautiful night so we ate outside on their deck with a beautiful view of the river. Candles everywhere! Their bars inside have tons of candles lit with the wax dripping down. I would defnitley go back again for drinks to sit in the darkened bar area. The service was ok...not the best, but the food was really good especially the fresh fish. Not a lot of options for children.

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Thank Lisac1017
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Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We were a group of 9 girls, who wanted great food in a great setting. We were not disaapointed. All of our dishes were amazing and I'm a complete food snob as I work with Michelin trained chefs... So was really happy to be so so surprised and amazed by the food.

The service was impeccable... Fast and incredibly attentive. So much so that when we went to Bica do Sopato the next evening I was thoroughly underwhelmed and annoyed at how slow it was as thought that Kais might be the norm for Lisbons restaurants in terms of service. But no.

If I can back I'd eat there again without considering it.
It's a special place and ideally
Located opposite the Urban Beach Club which was fantastic too. Run by the same people.

We had 10 bottles of prosecco with dinner and a main each and we only paid 65 Euro incl tip!!
We couldn't believe it and for a restaurant of this standard.

I'd say for groups this is a restaurant not to be missed and I'll definately be recommending it to friends and family

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4  Thank GypsyGirl27
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

The restaurant is in a fascinating building, with remnants of its former life as a tram shed still around, including an overhead crane. The service was excellent and the food was extremely good, though my fish was very slightly overdone. An unfortunate side effect of the building is that it is still in a semi-industrial zone. I didn't feel quite brave enough for the short walk home over the railway lines, so we had to take a taxi. Well worth a visit, and it is extremely impressive when you walk in.

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Thank Sr_Moreno
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